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Essex woman who nearly drowned in swimming lesson gets £2m payout

A woman who nearly drowned during a school swimming lesson in Essex has been awarded £2 million compensation - after 16 years of waiting.

Annie Woodland was a pupil at Whitmore Junior School in Basildon sixteen years ago when the accident happened in 2000.

She was suffered brain damage after being pulled from the pool.

Now - aged 26 - she still suffers from memory loss and has problems with her balance and fatigue.

The payout comes after a lengthy legal battle fought by Annie's family.

It's been a long fight for justice for Annie Woodland's family. Credit: ITV Anglia

"I knew when I looked at Annie, when she was on life support, that whatever the outcome, whether she would live or die, that I would fight it. I was driven."

– Alison Morris, Annie's mum


Whitlock still 'can't believe' bronze success

Essex gymnast Max Whitlock admits he still "can't believe" he won a bronze in the men's all-around final last night.

The 23-year-old picked up Britain's first medal in the event since 1908.

Taking to Twitter, he thanked everyone for their support and said he was still struggling to come to terms with what he's achieved.


Arrest made in Basildon murder investigation

Mr Meshi was found in Basildon's Pincey Mead area. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Detectives investigating the murder of Vilson Meshi in Basildon have arrested a teenage boy.

Mr Meshi's body was found in a burned out car in the town's Pincey Mead area in February.

The 15-year-old boy from London was arrested this morning, on suspicion of murder. He remains in custody being questioned by detectives.

Man charged with murder following stabbing

A 22 year old man has been charged with murder following a fatal stabbing in Basildon.

Police found the victim on Market Pavement near the bus station in last night's (28 June) rush hour. He was airlifted to hospital but died from his injuries.

Joram Bakumanya is due to appear before Magistrates tomorrow (30 June).

Police name man who died in Essex crash

A man who died following a crash in Basildon has been identified by police as Taylor Reid, 25, of Thorrington Cross, Basildon.

Taylor was a passenger in a red BMW series 3 car which crashed on a roundabout on the Broadmayne junction with Upper Mayne at around 10.30pm on Monday, June 20.

The car hit the roundabout before striking a tree. He died at the scene.

The driver of the BMW car, a 22-year-old man from Basildon, received serious but not life threatening injuries and was taken to Basildon Hospital for treatment where he remains.

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